Vladimir Putin has met with Barack Obama on Monday in Beijing at the APEC summit, the Kremlin has confirmed. With relations between Moscow and Washington strained, the encounter between the two leaders was hardly more than a mere greeting and small talk.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, said the two said hello and had a brief talk at the welcoming ceremony.
“There was no conversation,” Peskov said. “Actually, they greeted each other – there was a short contact on the sidelines of the event we were talking about.”
However, Putin and Obama may still have a full-length meeting on Tuesday, a highly-ranked US official told RIA Novosti news agency.\